Alston Bar & Beef

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1166 reviews
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Steak
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  • Good for Birthdays
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A unique steakhouse & gin bar set in the iconic central station serving only the best quality beef & boasting the largest selection of Gin in Glasgow.
Alston Bar & Beef, named after the long forgotten main street of Grahamston village, is located underneath the Gordon Street entrance of Glasgow Central Station. Follow the stairs down to Alston’s underground arches to a bar with Glasgow’s widest range of gin, each uniquely garnished & served to perfection.
Glaswegians are spoilt for choice when it comes to great places to eat & Alston aims to raise the bar for meat lovers even further by serving the best steak the city has to offer. Choose from a selection of 35 day dry-aged steaks, including the Chateaubriand to share or Glasgow’s favourite, the fillet. All our Scotch beef is carefully chosen from accredited farms each renowned for producing quality beef, full of flavour & tenderness.

Special Offers

Sunday Roast menu: 2 courses £20 or three £23

From a Sunday set roast menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 18 April 2019

Ends: 18 July 2019

Availability: Sun 12:00-18:00

Two steaks, two sides and two sauces for £45

Steak and Sides Tuesday: Two Ribeye or Sirloin's with two sides and 2 sauces for £45 per couple.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 2 - 10 people

Starts: 18 April 2019

Ends: 18 July 2019

Availability: Tue 12:00-22:00

Monday: £5 corkage

£5 corkage on Mondays.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 10 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 10 people

Starts: 18 April 2019

Ends: 18 July 2019

Availability: Mon 12:00-22:00

2 courses £15 or 3 courses £18

From a set menu. Also 1 course for £12.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 7 January 2019

Ends: 18 July 2019

Availability: Mon-Thu 12:00-18:30
Fri 12:00-18:00
Sat 12:00-16:00

What 1166 People Are Saying
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JD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

This is the second time we have eaten here and we have to say the food was outstanding so tasty we had the roast beef and it was cooked to perfection.Everything on the plate was delicious and we couldn’t fault a single thing ifact I have been raving about it to friends and family all weekend.I had the pear dessert again to die for compliments to the chefs a job well done perfection on a plate.

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CM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great food. Quick friendly service. Even went out way to make bloody mary that was not on cocktail menu

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AC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was great. We had the scallops to start which were delicious and very well cooked. My husband had the prawns and a house salad and I had the pulled beef burger again all very good.
The Indian spiced gin cocktail my husband had was very unusual with chillies and root ginger but he said it was delicious.
Very friendly staff. Only thing for us is that it was a little noisy with quite loud music however it won't stop us from returning.

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JS
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Alston has become our ‘go to’ restaurant. The daytime/early evening menu is great value with delicious food. The service is always friendly and attentive.
Never any negatives.

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LM
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing from start to finish! Best steak I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating

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S
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Highly recommend Alston Bar & Beef best steak I've had

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KS
London
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was great from the moment we walked in.
Food was lovely, wine great - we had a corner seat which was ideal are we were two friends who hadn’t met for some time and had lots to talk about
Love the history that surrounds this place

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KA
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food was absolutely amazing, probably the best steak I have ever eaten. The staff know their stuff about the food and were very helpful in recommending things on the menu. The only issue I had was the noise level but to be fair it was caused by other customers not music or staff noise. I will definitely return soon for another meal and would recommend it to anyone who is after a great steak

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PK
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

A nice atmosphere, good food, reasonably priced and attentive but unobtrusive staff. An overall nice buzz without being too overpowering. This place is definitely worth a further visit.

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D
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Night out with my husband and it was very busy we had the butchers cuts and it was delicious first time we have tried this cut of steak flank flat iron and hangar but it won’t be our last our wee waitress was run off her feet because it was so busy but she was very chirpy and helpful a credit to the restaurant

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SG
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best steaks you will get anywhere. The place was buzzing and staff very attentive. 2nd visit and every bit as good second time around.

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BH
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Steaks cooked to absolute perfection! I got a rare and my partner got medium-well. Young fella serving us made sure we knew there was a wait on her steak and the staff as a whole were very attentive. Moltepulciano was gorgeous and my surf and turf was delicious. The one single downside we had was the lack of any colour on our plate when having the steak. Usually when we order steaks at other places, we get a small side of vegetables with it and we thought the plate looked quite empty without it!

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LM
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

£200 for 4 main courses 2 desserts and 3 bottles of £26 wine. Overpriced for average food. Been a few times prior to this, and food was good.

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B
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We have been once before, got a better table this time which was against the wall and not in the middle. Food was excellent, chateaubriand to share, scallops to start and a sweet to share with coffee. It is a very enclosed space and one table had a young lady who shrieked with laughter every few minutes which became rather tiresome after a while but I would go back.

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OT
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 1

Food was ok. Very noisy felt like we were having to shout to hear each other (only 4 of us). Service was very slow. Table booked for 7.45 didn't get food till 9pm.

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DF
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

From the friendly welcome by the maitre'd to the waitress who gave the time for a chat at the end of the meal I found the whole experience tremendous. The steak was delicious as was the recommended cocktail!
My only issue, as with a lot of restaurants, is having to pay for side orders. Who has a steak only on a a plate?
I will certainly be back.

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AS
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a fantastic meal at Alston’s fantastic value for money with all the quality expected of this wee gem. Thanks for a fine dining experience once again.

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HM
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and fabulous cocktails . Would definitely recommend to friends.

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GA
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Fantastic experience as always, slight unpleasant start from the waitress who greeted us but the rest of the meal was lovely.

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AM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place - good food- great value and nice friendly service.. this is a wee hidden gem🎉

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LS
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great service from our waitress Will definitely be back soon

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SM
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Went for the £18 3-course deal and went for the trout, rump steak (£3 supplement) and pear crumble. All dishes were fantastic, especially the steak. I'm fussy with my steak but it was the best I'd had in years. Pear dessert was so nice too.
For the standard of food, the value for money was brilliant.
Service was great, cheery and attentive staff. Highly recommended...I'll definitely be back

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MK
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely atmosphere in restaurant and staff very helpful. We went for the set menu and the steak was one of the best I have ever had. Great value for money. Will certainly go again.

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JR
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place always visit when I’m in Glasgow, food and service always excellent.

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MM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A great place to catch up with friends and enjoy some food and wine.

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D
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

Stick to miller and carter or grill on the corner for steaks. We were so disappointed

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GR
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

On Saturday we went to Alston Bar and Beef with a first date and we were absolutely blown away. Having been for lunch before I was really looking forward to returning for dinner. Upon arrival we were offered a drink at the bar whilst our table was being prepared and keen to sample something new we asked the barmaid to recommend a gin cocktail which she was really happy to do. We got two different cocktails both of which were delicious and a great way to start the evening. By the time our cocktails were made our table was ready and we were taken through to the restaurant. Although there are no doors between the bar and restaurant there is an appropriate shift in atmosphere. The look and feel of this place is very modern yet cosy because of the arching ceilings and lighting. We decided to share a couple of starters and also to share the Chateaubriand for main. The Chateaubriand was outstanding and was definitely the highlight of the evening as it should be. The quality of the food was exceptional and that was matched by the superb waiting staff. They were attentive without being invasive and were happy to not only make recommendations with respect to the menu but also to use there local knowledge to recommend other local bars we could go to after we left. Overall the cost of the meal was expensive i would say but it was certainly worth every penny and I will definitely be returning and cant wait to do so.

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R
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had a fabulous meal here. Chateaubriand superb. Service was a bit slow to start with but waitress later was enthusiastic and a lovely girl. Background music dreadful! Restaurant noisy due to low ceilings I assume. Overall a great restaurant with great food.

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OT
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, great service. The building acoustics lead to a slightly noisier dining experience. However on this occasion the loudest woman in Glasgow was sitting opposite us. Not the fault of the restaurant whatsoever but it was difficult to hear one another speak.
We’ve been before and will be back.

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DM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Really tasty beef, good sides and a wonderful setting, as well as being so handy for trains! The service was a little relaxed, but also very engaging. I would definitely recommend the Alston Grill to everyone! Wine is served by glass, bottle and carafe, so is perfect for early evening.

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S
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Meal prior to social event. Staff excellent attentive without being intrusive. Couple of changes requested by companion and carried out without any trouble. I had hake with pomme Anna? however,it was like a turnip. Fish cooked to perfection. Pear crumble excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 1Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

Very disappointed in the service on Sunday... was hardly busy yet we waited I'm going to say 20 min to be asked what we wanted to drink? Slow with service and little service was offered, I absolutely love the food here however the service we had received was very poor

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife and I absolutely love Alston. The set menu is phenomenal value and the Sunday roast is just fabulous. The quality of food and service is always first class. With its smart interior and serene atmosphere this is a very cool establishment indeed. There's nothing in Alston that doesn't hit the mark. Highly recommended.

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AG
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing and the waiter was really attentive.

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PM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best Steak in ever. Fab restaurant with great service and food. Always excited to go.

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MM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I don't really want to give a review, as I don't like giving negative feedback. Sorry.

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FS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Staff excellent . Lesley knows her wine and it shows . Great steak . Can’t wait for the return visit

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JR
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

First time at the Alston. Standard of main course was excellent and would certainly come back again. Only downside was a table of noisy adjacent diners who unfortunately only left about 5 minutes before we did

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Went for Mother’s Day lunch. Food and service were excellent. Highly recommended

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R
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Probably the nicest Sunday roast I’ve ever had, amazing pear crumble dessert too.

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